(AmericanProsperity.com) – Many Americans remember September 11, 2001 like it was yesterday. It was the single most deadly terrorist attack in American history. Now, the Biden administration is looking to release a man who wanted to participate in the assault to his home country of Saudi Arabia.
The 46-year-old man, Mohammad Mani Ahmad al-Qahtani, has been incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay since 2002. He’s spent the past two decades at the hand of the American government but is now looking to return home.
Mohammad Ahmad al-Qahtani was flown back to Saudi Arabia, to a treatment facility, from the U.S. base in Cuba after a review board including military and intelligence officials concluded he could be safely released after 20 years in custody. https://t.co/hzpZ6iOCGi
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On June 9, 2021, during a Periodic Board Review, the American government decided it should return al-Qahtani to Saudi Arabia, claiming the 46-year-old wasn’t a continued danger to the sovereignty of the United States. On February 4, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin made his intentions of releasing al-Qahtani clear to Congress, allowing the Department of Defense to complete and file any necessary paperwork.
Marco Rubio, US Senator (R-FL), condemned the move, claiming he believed al-Qahtani was still committed to jihad and America’s destruction. The New York Times released a report detailing al-Qahtani’s role before 9/11. The Islamic extremist had attempted to gain entry to the United States and was likely Al-Qaeda’s 20th hijacker. However, due to the nature of his visit to the US, the Immigration and Naturalization Service had denied him entry.
The Saudi’s release comes at a time when the US government looks to reduce the number of inmates Guantanamo Bay holds, with the ultimate goal of completely shutting down the facility. Is this a smart decision, or should officials rethink their strategy?
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